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Bitter Milk: A Novel by John McManus
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Bitter Milk: A Novel

by John McManus

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All things considered, it's almost absurd that this book is as unfortunately uninteresting as it is. The characters are unlikable and unengaging, the point-of-view seems to be undertaken primarily as a game with the reader, and the flow of the narrative is nothing less than jarring.

Moments of the book are fascinating, and the characters and plot are believable...but this one was a struggle that I simply can't imagine recommending on. Unless you're curious what happens when you attempt a primary narrator who could be many things, but is probably a not any version of a real person in the lives of other characters, and is also not a traditional narrator.

As an experiment, I suppose this book might have some interest...to someone...but I wouldn't recommend it. How this book ended up being So uninteresting is really the only thing that I found engaging about it. ( )
  whitewavedarling | May 8, 2014 |
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Art thou the first man that was born? / or wast thou made before the hills?... / What knowest thou that we know not? / what understandest thou, which is not in us? --Job 15:7-9
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For my mother, Martha Foulk McManus
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Chilhowee Mountain spanned Blount County at the height of twenty-six hundred feet, but Loren Garland had never in his nine years been that high.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312301936, Paperback)

From Whiting Award-winning writer John McManus comes a debut novel of startling originality and mystery.

The son of an unknown father and an ostracized mother, and the next of kin in a long line of bastard relatives, nine-year-old Loren Garland lives a life of subtle mystery beneath the shadow of an East Tennessee mountain. It is on his family's broken-down estate that Loren's imagination grows, and with it, the extraordinary voice of Bitter Milk, a young boy named Luther who may be Loren's imaginary friend, his conscience, or his evil twin. And yet outside the puzzle of Loren's brain, there are the darker goings-on of his family--his mother who wishes she were a man, his new uncle who plans to develop the Garland land into real estate, and his withered grandfather who holds the clan together through truculence and fear. When Loren's mother disappears, he must set out on a quest of his own devising, tossing aside the trappings of youth in order to discover the truth of the world.

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